Southpaw lifts Maidu into next round of District 54 Major tournament
Led by an airtight defense and the work of crafty left-hander Trevor Johnson, Maidu Little League’s Major all-star team defeated Folsom American 5-0 on Friday at Feist Park in its final game of pool play in the District 54 tournament.
Johnson pitched a three-hitter and worked out of a jam in the fifth inning.
“Curveballs were the most effective for me,” Johnson said. “I had a strong defense behind me, and without my defense, I don’t think I could have gotten anywhere.”
Johnson was perfect through three innings but ran into trouble in the fifth.
With a runner in scoring position, he surrendered a single to Jake West. But what looked like the first run of the game for Folsom was eliminated on a sensational laser throw from Ethan Collins in center field, gunning down the would-be run by a wide margin.
“That throw out in center by Ethan Collins was just amazing,” Johnson said. “It got us pumped. It was a great game.”
Maidu carried a one-run lead into the bottom of the fifth and then exploded at the plate. Nicholas Wieser smacked a single and advanced to second on an error.
Justin Salisbury singled in Wieser and later scored on an error. Several walks, errors and a passed ball helped Maidu build a comfortable lead.
“We showed the rest of this district that we deserve to be here,” Maidu head coach Mike Foglia said. “I told my players, ‘You know, one run isn’t going to win this.’ One-run ballgames leave a lot of room for error, so we wanted a cushion. So I said, ‘Guys, I need a cushion,’ and they went out and got it.”
Maidu finished 3-1 in pool play. Ponderosa (3-0) defeated Folsom National 10-2 and plays Snowline (0-3) at 2 p.m. Saturday. Folsom’s American and National teams, both of which are 1-2, also meet at 2 p.m. Saturday.